Picnic at the Oosterpark with Verdi's comic masterpiece Falstaff on the big screen

Opera in the park: Falstaff

Giuseppe Verdi, De Nationale Opera

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True to its traditions the Holland Festival will present an opera screening in the open air at the beautiful Oosterpark in Amsterdam. You are invited to bring your own picnic and enjoy an opera which is shown on a big screen simultaneously with the performance at the National Opera & Ballet. Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff is a scintillating comic opera about Shakespeare’s burlesque creation the big, fat and boastful knight Sir John Falstaff. The music is performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and the choir of the Dutch National Opera under the direction of Daniele Gatti. This new staging has received rave reviews in London and Milan. The leading Falstaff interpreter of our time, Ambrogio Maestri, stars as Falstaff. The entrance to the park is free of charge.


Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
Arrigo Boito
musical direction
Daniele Gatti
Robert Carsen
set design
Paul Steinberg
Brigitte Reiffenstuel
Robert Carsen, Peter van Praet
Ambrogio Maestri (Sir John Falstaff )
Fabio Capitanucci (Ford)
Paolo Fanale (Fenton)
Carlo Bosi (Dottore Cajus)
Patrizio Saudelli (Bardolfo)
Christian Van Horn (Pistola)
Fiorenza Cedolins (Mrs. Alice Ford)
Maria Grazia Schiavo (Nannetta)
Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest
Choir of the Dutch National Opera
chorus master
Bruno Casoni
Dutch National Opera
Dutch National Opera, ROH Covent Garden london, Teatro alla Scala di Milano, Metropolitan Opera New York, Canadian Opera Company Toronto

'We visit every year, and we always bring our own chairs.'

One of the visitors of Opera at the Park in 2013

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